Arsenal’s 0-0 draw at Burnley made it seven games without defeat, and a clean sheet isn’t something we’ve had too many of this season.

However, it was a disappointing day for Mikel Arteta and his team, spurning early chances to score through Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and thankful to Burnley for missing opportunities of their own.

It’s been difficult for this Arsenal side to play well for 90 minutes, something which is a concern to the manager and afterwards he was asked when he thought his team might produce that kind of display.

“I hope it doesn’t take long,” he said. “There have been different circumstances. I wouldn’t compare what happened today with what happened in the last four games, because for two of them we played with 10 men, which is not easy as well.

“We need more consistency, with the ball as well. We were fantastic in some moments, but were so sloppy and put ourselves in big trouble with a lot of unnecessary situations that we have to improve, because that gives the opponent an opportunity where there is a real scenario for nothing to happen.

“We need to improve that a lot.”

The injury to Bukayo Saka seemed to take the wind out of our sails, the delay in substituting him didn’t help either, but Arteta was a bit happier about the final stage of the game.

“The positive thing is the reaction in the last 20 minutes, when we started to play again,” he said.

“We had the courage to play and the courage to take the opportunity that they allowed.

“The space was there because they committed a lot of people forward but we couldn’t finish the actions well enough to score.”

Arsenal now have two weeks off, and with a training camp scheduled in Dubai for Arteta to work intensively on tactic things, let’s hope we start to see it soon.

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Jostein Moene
Jostein Moene
19 days ago

Still think its exciting with the way Arteta runs this team 🙂

Manganese
Manganese
19 days ago
Reply to  Jostein Moene

Even if we got relegated…we know some of you will still find it’s exciting. We almost lost today, we were unnecessarily lucky. I thought it was a dreadful performance and Burnley deserved more.

It’s not like I have anything against the man. But all this pretense about arsenal morphing into ‘2013 peak Barcelona’ is a big joke.

Vonnie
Vonnie
19 days ago
Reply to  Manganese

What pretence about Arsenal morphing into 2013 peak Barcelona? We’re getting more organised and playing better, we’ve had some dodgy decisions against us and some difficult situations to manage. It will take time, if we keep improving as
we have been the wins will come. No sensible supporter is expecting a total transformation in six weeks.

Manganese
Manganese
19 days ago
Reply to  Vonnie

Certainly feels like any fan that’s hoping we start winning teams in the bottom half of the table is delusional. Did that defence look organised to you today? We could have easily conceded 4 goals. Apart from Utd, Palace and Chelsea first half performances, we’ve not looked convincing. Every poor performance is now hinged on a rebuild. I understand the team isn’t good enough. I understand we have to slowly build again. But 1 win in 7 games? And to think Everton and Watford changed coaches and started faring much better is an irony. Fingers crossed anyway. I’m just a… Read more »

Naked Cygan
Naked Cygan
19 days ago

When will we learn that our players are just not good enough to be a top 4 team. Can you even think about this team playing Bayern or Barca again? We should start re-builing this squad over the next 3-5 seasons to get back to where we want to be.

Win,lose or draw Arteta remains the right choice
Win,lose or draw Arteta remains the right choice
19 days ago
Reply to  Naked Cygan

The overall mentality of the club needs to change starting from Kroenke… Arsenal fans need to push for Dangote.. He is the man who could save us from this mess

Win,lose or draw Arteta remains the right choice
Win,lose or draw Arteta remains the right choice
19 days ago

Arteta messed up big time today

karl
karl
19 days ago

Arteta is doing a great job. He just needs to put those strikers on shooting practice and today would have been positive.

atom
atom
19 days ago
Reply to  karl

I really like Arteta & think he has a lot of promise- but at some point he needs to look hard at his team selections. Ozil is contributing virtually nothing at this point in terms of decent chances or shots (he has zero big chance creations this year) yet is an automatic starter. Lacazette while he works hard simply cannot finish this year and the cost of that is we shunt our only world class player out to the wing instead of playing him at his best position. Pepe has played better recently but for whatever reason is having a… Read more »

Dave M
Dave M
19 days ago
Reply to  atom

Spot on Atom…The Ozil and Xhaka selections have locked us into one system. Double pivot. And trying to do everything possible to make that function. It’s solid but it’s also boring and predictable. We still go wide so often. Emery tried and failed to get all sorts of systems around Xhaka especially to work, but they only way it can and does is by basically playing two defensive midfielders and playing a conservative style and hoping the wings forward and #10 are enough to get the goals. But modern football needs more variety, especially from a team that isn’t that… Read more »

allfan99
allfan99
18 days ago
Reply to  Dave M

Arteta did make some mistakes in this game, I think it was more of his in game management which was worse than the team selection to begin with. His substitutions were either too late like with Laca or unbalanced our play like moving Xhaka from midfield. But I do think this is to be expected. He is first time coach and is learning the trade on the Job and is bound to make some mistakes. What would be interesting to see is if he learns from these mistakes and doesn’t repeat them. Although i would say it was a big… Read more »

WoolwichMemoir
WoolwichMemoir
19 days ago

Personally, I have made peace with the idea of us being at the start of a rebuild. The media, some fans and opposition supporters seem to think this rot that we are in is going to be solved overnight. My gut feeling is that we are in the same position Liverpool were in when Klopp took over and it wasn’t until last season that they started to come good. We have a lot of mediocre players in the squad (not as bad as some would have you believe) as well as a number of players that have past their peak… Read more »

Greg in Seattle
Greg in Seattle
19 days ago
Reply to  WoolwichMemoir

I agree with the Klopp/Liverpool analogy. Klopp came in and established his style and culture first, then proceeded to get the players he wanted that fit the system to slowly upgrade the team. As Santori points out elsewhere the difference is managerial clout. Klopp was a superstar hire and had the clout to go what what he needed/wanted. John Henry was never going to get in his way. Does Arteta have that, and will he and Edu have the clout to get the goods to make this really happen? We need to go get a major, influential signing or three.… Read more »

Mesut O’Neill
Mesut O’Neill
19 days ago

We are very consistent. We draw every game

MeSoHornsey
MeSoHornsey
19 days ago

So have we got a back up to the backup of our backup left back?

HelderHughes
HelderHughes
19 days ago

Chin up Mikel. We’re all behind you.

Love this man.

Jack
Jack
19 days ago

That felt like it was about our 10th match in a row that we played away from home. Where’s the Emirates gone? Where’s my wife? Where’s my car? Where’s my job? What’s happening here?!?

Dave M
Dave M
19 days ago
Reply to  Jack

Bascially it’s because of Brexit, they were all European and now they’re gone

DPK
DPK
19 days ago

Fuck you Emery for keeping Mustafi in the team
Fuck you Emery for keeping Luiz in the team
Fuck you Emery for keeping Xhaka in the team
Fuck you Emery for not playing Torreira
Fuck you Emery for playing Auba on the wing
Fuck you Emery for not playing Pepe
Fuck you Emery for not getting Ozil to create chances

Emery Out ! Oh wait…🙄

Far East Stand
Far East Stand
19 days ago
Reply to  DPK

Step away from the keyboard, Unai.😉

DPK
DPK
18 days ago
Reply to  Far East Stand

Good Ebening to you too.

Marco
19 days ago

Just a couple of positives from the game today,not getting beat and a clean sheet.I feel when Mikel breaks everything down he will believe he started the wrong side.Ozil and Lacazette are very fortunate to be starting games at this present time.Their form is poor and bring nothing to the team at the moment Mikel will be glad of the 2 week break so he can think things over.

Steve Morpurgo
Steve Morpurgo
19 days ago

I am very happy with the progression, no goals conceded

GraeB
GraeB
19 days ago
Reply to  Steve Morpurgo

Unbeaten this decade!

Dave M
Dave M
19 days ago
Reply to  Steve Morpurgo

yeah because we were absolutely stellar defensively and gave away no opportunities…

Arsemusic
Arsemusic
19 days ago

Its was an awful performance from us today and no one could complain if we had lost. Arteta got his starting selection wrong and got lucky with a point. However i believe the process is a positive one as these are basically the same players that have underperformed for some time and are putting in a better shift and are a bit stronger defensively, the lack of goals scored has put us under pressure but surely with a few tweaks Arteta will/ must collect some wins after the brake, as in a worst case scenario I really wouldn’t like to… Read more »

Edzo
Edzo
19 days ago

Maybe a consistent lineup would help. Unless there are injuries, why not pick what he thinks is his best side and let them play. Then at the end of the season at least he knows what he has and doesn’t have.

C.B.
C.B.
19 days ago

We are too consistent already, drawing match after match.

We need to be less consistent and start winning.

The Arsenal
The Arsenal
19 days ago

How this team can even function without a midfield I don’t know.

Fatgooner
Fatgooner
19 days ago

Sorry, but I just can’t get too worked up about our Premier League performances. We’re too go to go down but not good enough to finish inside the top 5, so let’s just see this season out and rebuild in the summer.

At least we still have the FA Cup and the Europa League to look forward to.

Bertieme
Bertieme
19 days ago

There are only two teams in the league who are unbeaten over the last 5 games.

Guendouzi_Balon_D'Or
Guendouzi_Balon_D'Or
19 days ago

I think it’s a little ridiculous people are getting on Arteta’s case. Did everyone forget how DREADFUL we were under Emery basically since the start of the season? Couldn’t score, couldn’t defend…we were bailed out exclusively by Auba. You can see a clear plan with Arteta. It’s not going to work perfectly from the beginning.

Pep and Klopp didn’t turn Man City and LiVARpool into title winning sides in the first season.

COYG 1001
COYG 1001
19 days ago

Personally, I am not looking forward to the interlul. That said, the team needs it. 2 1/2 years of drama. Wagner’s last year, Unai’s yo-yo year ending with the Baku defeat, the turmoil of Emery’s departure, Xhaka’s agony and ecstasy, and some tough ten men games.

Impressive Failage
Impressive Failage
19 days ago
Reply to  COYG 1001

Wagner was a spectacular composer although a tad heavy and Germanic for my tastes.
I’ll be honest, I was completely unaware that he had ever managed a football team, let alone Arsenal.
Unai’s yo yo skills are another thing that had me completely blindsided.
You live and learn, eh?

COYG 1001
COYG 1001
17 days ago

Lol. Live, learn, spell. All good. Truth remains. A break is needed.

Lego Hair
Lego Hair
19 days ago

More consistency needed? I like Arteta, simply because he has common sense. But he needs to show consistency in selection now, no more chameleon tactical guesswork. We had enough of that under Emery. Arteta knows the best players are: Attack: Pepe, Martinelli, Auba. Attacking midfielder : Willock. Midfielders, Torreira, Xhaka. Defense, Saka, Pablo, Sokratis, Bellerin. The rest are reserves and backup for injuries and rest /fitness and necessary rotation. Then you gradually train and tweak tactical adaptability into that existing formation, occasionally rotating a player here and there. At most one tactical change per game, otherwise we need consistency in… Read more »

GraeB
GraeB
19 days ago
Reply to  Lego Hair

I worry that there is too much on the site today claiming Willock as our great missing hope. I just haven’t seen that much from him and would like it if Mikel got Ceballos into team fitness to see what he can bring. If not, we need a new midfield maestro.

I’ll take the thumbs down.

Dave M
Dave M
19 days ago
Reply to  GraeB

People want to see Willock because we’re so sick of watching Ozil trot around a football pitch and not make a single defensive physical challenge or tackle or header in the past decade.

I’d like to see Willock and Ceballos get a run. Try a midfield trio of Torriera – Ceballos – Willock. It is diverse, highly interchangable and at least something different. So sick of seeing these same guys play so miserably over and over and keep getting picked.

Lego Hair
Lego Hair
18 days ago
Reply to  GraeB

I gave you a thumbs up. Willock isn’t any great hope, just the best we have for the last 4 months. Keep him there just for consistency sake. The players need match practice as a team. Sure give others a run now and then, or off the bench, but mere consistency will improve our results.

VAgooner
VAgooner
19 days ago

Glass half full, but the only team in the league that has lost fewer games than us is Liverpool. Granted, we’ve drawn more games than anyone else, but if you think about it, that means a goal here or there a few times this season and the narrative would be totally different. Let’s not get all doom and gloom quite yet, Arteta is clearly making progress and I believe we will continue to see steady improvement throughout the rest of the season.

Dave M
Dave M
19 days ago
Reply to  VAgooner

There is only two teams in the league that was won less than us…

loose_cannon
loose_cannon
19 days ago
Reply to  VAgooner

Glass half empty is that only Watford and Norwich have won less. 13 draws this season, the record is 17…

Popoola
Popoola
19 days ago

The last time arteta changed his mind about a substitution , the team benefited from it. In the case of subbing saka because of injury, I will think he believes a half saka could do more damage on that left wing than any other player on the bench. I believe he must have learn from that mistake now.

karl
karl
19 days ago

Arteta has created a team that would easily have allowed us to win today. I saw three chances for our mis-firing strikers early on that could have won the game. How many times do we see pundits praising teams for winning on a day they didn’t play well?

No. 8
No. 8
19 days ago

Sorry I didn’t get to watch the game. But looking at the line up i am struggling to see what the team gained by playing Martinelli on the right!! Surely he is our in form goal scorer and should have kept his starting spot on the left. Play Auba up the middle and Pepe on the right. Would this have not been more in keeping with the fluidity we had started to get? Martinelli and Saka were forming a really good partnership on the left. Pepe for me had started to gain some confidence and was attempting maze dribbles when… Read more »

meletios
meletios
19 days ago

One thing which is quite glaring now that we have sorted out our defence(to some extent) is the our control in central areas of the pitch. Most of the balls are through the sidelines to the extent when a player gets the ball in the center he ends up moving the ball to the side. We are not channelling enough balls through the center of the pitch. Granted Lacazzette was not great yesterday but it does not help when the midfield players fail to see many first time passes and he did make some good runs. To my eyes he… Read more »

poldimacht
18 days ago

This team is showing consistency. Consistency in lacking ambition and killer instinct to win games. No wonder we have the most draws ever in our history during a league season. We need to start winning

Joseph Kawooya
Joseph Kawooya
18 days ago

This game was just another Guendouzi misfiring; he either went into reset mode or felt threatened about another coach. But a Xhaka Guen partnership has never done an Arsenal game good….. As a club, we lost the fear factor, the mentality n confidence of a top player team, but all those are basics that can return in a single flush. In this game, we had Auba n Luiz starting off the pace due to er suspensions. And the only way to ship off Ozil is returning his dignity as a footballing legend, unfortunately the EPL just may not allow that… Read more »